“…for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received.” – Luke 1:4
Today we begin the Gospel of Luke. Luke was of gentile origin, a well-educated man. He is named in Colossians 4:14 as the “beloved physician”. Though Luke was not an eyewitness of Jesus, he was a companion of St. Paul (Acts 16:10-40), and as he states, “…after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence…”
We know that Luke used other sources in writing his gospel. Having come across other testimonies, he felt compelled to tell his own story. Perhaps it was for personal discovery. The beauty of Luke is that he did not just believe based on the testimony of others; he set to work to tell his own study, to make the gospel his own.
This should be an inspiration for each of us. As God has made himself known to us – through his Sacred Word, through the testimony of others, through our prayer – we need to witness that which we have found and came to believe is true. Let us not be afraid to write our own Gospel based on our personal encounter with God; we must continue to seek Jesus for ourselves, and make Him known from our experience.
May God Bless you.